Just days after Balakliya, Kharkiv Oblast, was liberated from months-long Russian occupation, both major Ukrainian postal operators – publicly-owned Ukrposhta and privately-run Nova Poshta – have resumed operations in the city, the companies said on Sept. 13.
Nova Poshta’s co-founder Volodymyr Popereshnyuk said the company would resume services in 80% of liberated settlements in the region by Oct. 1.
“A total of 170 of our offices were across occupied areas of Kharkiv Oblast; by Oct. 1, we will reopen 80% of them,” Popereshnyuk wrote in a Facebook post.
Ukrposhta announced its return to Balakliya and nearby Hrakove in a message on its website on Sept. 13. The postal service is responsible for making state pension payments to retired seniors – besides other services.
The message also notes that its Balakliya operations are enabled by the connectivity, provided by Starlink satellite internet terminals.
These were gifted to Ukraine earlier by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.